Star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to shrug off the crushing defeat in the previous outing and get their mojo back when they take on Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s resilient Chennai Super Kings in an Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) match, here on Friday (September 24).
Both teams had contrasting starts to their IPL 2021 phase 2 campaign as three-time champions Chennai Super Kings secured a surprising 20 runs win over reigning champions Mumbai Indians while Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered a massive 9 wickets defeat against dominant Kolkata Knight Riders.
While both teams share a common goal of securing a win and strengthening their chances to qualify for the playoffs, a cracking encounter is on the cards.
It will be important that the openers — Devdutt Padikkal (217 runs) and skipper Virat Kohli (203 runs) — provide a solid start.
But the opening duo would also need support from the middle-order, which crumbled against Kolkata Knight Riders.
The likes of Glenn Maxwell (233 runs) and AB de Villiers (207 runs) will have to perform in unison against a strong CSK attack. Australian Maxwell did justify his high price tag during the first leg, becoming the side’s top scorer.
He would be raring to go once again as will the ever-reliant De Villiers. The RCB bowlers will also have to forget the underwhelming display against KKR.
While pacers Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel bowled well, Kiwi quick Kyle Jamieson, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga all had leaked more than 10 runs an over.
CSK could have suffered the reversal in their tie against Mumbai had it not been for youngster Ruturaj Gaikwad’s mature unbeaten knock of 88 off 58 balls. The team’s leading run-getter Faf du Plessis (320 runs), Moeen Ali were out for ducks while Ambati Rayudu was retired hurt on nought.
Veterans Suresh Raina and Dhoni also failed to reach double digit scores and the side was reeling at 24 for 4.
But Gaikwad was not ruffled and kept his calm, steering the three-time champions to a respectable 156 for 6. He stitched crucial partnerships with all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo, who smashed 23 runs off eight deliveries, taking the team over the 150-run mark.
RCB vs CSK Head to head
Matches Played: 27
RCB Won: 9
CSK Won: 17
The RCB vs CSK head to head record reveals total domination from CSK in this match. The figures, though, do not tell about the outstanding record the CSK have been able to achieve in the last few years against RCB. In the last 10 outings between the two teams, CSK have come out on top in eight games. This Bangalore vs Chennai match is one of the top rivalries in IPL.
RCB– RCB will likely go with the same XI
RCB suffered a batting collapse in the game against KKR. None of the batters besides Devdutt Padikkal showed character. Meanwhile, the bowlers didn’t have much to do as they were defending just 92 runs.
Virat Kohli (captain), Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wicket-keeper), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Wanindu Hasaranga, Sachin Baby, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal
CSK- CSK have no reason to change the winning combination
Dhoni doesn’t believe in tinkering with the XI much. Although the middle-order looked bleak, he wouldn’t bring any replacements after a solitary game. Sam Curran could be available, but Dwayne Bravo did well in the last game.
Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (captain and wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
RCB vs CSK Match Details
Date: 24 September, 2021
Time: 07:30 PM IST
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Sharjah is known to be a high-scoring venue and that should be the case in this game as well, with room for error for bowlers being marginal. The pacers should get the ball to swing around in the early exchanges, keeping the batters on their toes. However, the ball should skid on to the bat under lights, making it easy for strokeplay. The batters will target the shorter boundaries, which should make for a good contest between them and the spinners. Both teams will look to chase upon winning the toss, with 170 being par at the venue.
Performers: Here are the top performers
Dhoni is the leading run-scorer against RCB, having amassed 825 runs from 30 games at a strike rate of 141.50.
In the bowling segment, Jadeja has taken 23 wickets with the best bowling performance of 3/13.
Against CSK, Kohli has aggregated 895 runs at a strike rate of 127.13,
while Chahal has picked up 13 wickets with the best match haul of 3/40.
RCB v CSK Fantasy Cricket Prediction:
AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli (VC), Devdutt Padikkal, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad (C), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel and Shardul Thakur.
I think thala and his boys have the momentum as compared to the king Kohli and his 11 which can tilt the result in favour of one team here. Do you think the same or diferrently?